how to tame your backyard space

When it comes to owning large swathes of land, sometimes it can feel like too much of a good thing. Especially during the summer after a wet spring when it seems like the grass is growing right before your eyes and the fenceline disappears behind a mountain of weeds. If this sounds familiar, it may be time to create a tame backyard space.

Have the right tools for the job

If your mowing is a chore, it’s time to ask yourself if you’re working with outdated or inadequate equipment. Make sure you’re using the right tools for the job. For mowing and maintaining upwards of five acres, your best bet is a zero turn radius mower with a 72-inch deck. A high-end mower of this sort should be capable of mowing five acres in an hour. Weed eaters are also not all created equally. For the long stretches of fence line that come with large acreages, you need one with exceptional power. Don’t settle for anything less than a 25cc gas-powered engine on a weed eater. You’ll find yourself spending less time replacing the line and more time taking care of business.

Save time with regular maintenance

Whether it is maintaining the fenceline or keeping your equipment in working order, the more you stay on top of things, the less work you do in the long run. It’s considerably easier to mow every five days when the grass is growing like crazy than it is to mow every ten. When your grass is allowed to grow too long, you risk damaging your lawn if you try to take it all down at once. You also risk damaging your equipment. Knowing the guidelines of lawn mowing can help you understand the importance of regular maintenance.

Likewise with maintaining your machines. Always make sure your mower has sharp blades and a full reservoir of oil. Clean your mower after mowing, and try to only mow when your grass is dry. Wet grass will dull blades and leave clumps that can cause unsightly brown patches on your turf. Make sure the fuel in your weed eater stays fresh– fuel that sits in the reservoir for more than sixty days at a time can cause line clogs and engine damage. The less time you spend repairing equipment, the more time you can spend on taming your yard.

Hire an expert

If you don’t have enough time to properly maintain your yard when it’s growing at maximum speed, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes the least expensive, most efficient way to make sure your yard remains tame is to give someone else the job. There are many reputable services out there whose expert technicians can keep your yard looking tip-top, even when it seems like an impossible task.

No matter the size of your yard, it’s important to keep a safe space for friends, family, and animals to enjoy the great outdoors. Grass that gets too tall is an open invitation to pests and disease. As temperatures heat up, think of how to create a tame backyard space this season, and make sure you maintain it.


About the Author: Ben Holt is a fresh air enthusiast and loves writing about it. Ben is always looking to make the most of a summer day, whether he is relaxing in his garden, hiking on an off-beaten trail or entertaining friends on his newly renovated patio.

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    Why not goats as a solution?

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